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CourtCast: Serena begins quest for US Open title

Serena Williams faces Vitalia Diatchenko as she begins her pursuit of a calendar Grand Slam. Later, Rafael Nadal takes the court (live on ESPN2 & WatchESPN).

Rutgers players dance off for ice cream prize (1:30)
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McManus: NFL fine system harsh on defenders

In a game geared toward offense, NFL defenders often feel helpless as they bear the brunt of the league's fine system, writes Jane McManus.

How will the judge rule in Deflategate? (2:00)
Luck was 'salty' watching Super Bowl (2:51)
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Seifert: Rules changes and points of emphasis for 2015

Offsetting penalties for in-game fighting? Not anymore. Expect to see scuffles -- mild or otherwise -- result in ejections this season. That's not the only rules/procedural change in store.

7hJim Caple

How MLB walk-up music became a designated hit

The batter's box has become a jukebox, as each player strides to the plate accompanied by his own anthem. How did walk-up tunes become baseball's soundtrack? And does the music make a difference?

9-year-old flies by defense for TD (0:25)
ESPN Sport Science - Serena's serve (3:01)
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5hScott Burnside

Burnside: League at crucial crossroads

What the NHL ultimately decides to do about the Patrick Kane and Slava Voynov situations will have a wide-ranging effect on its recently revived image.

Japan beats Pennsylvania in record-setting LLWS title game (1:53)
Great white shark jaws surfer's board (0:54)
Dixon wins title, remembers Wilson (1:10)
Dog runs wild on baseball field (0:42)
Cards take down Giants (0:32)
Yankees, Braves observe moment of silence for deceased fan (0:43)
Palmer struggles in Cards' win (0:53)
Matthews on fan falling: 'Horrible scene' (2:52)


We all dance for ice cream
College Football 

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood planned an offense vs. defense dance-off, complete with an ice cream prize. Players went all out: The worm -- and a belly -- made an appearance.

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Sport Science: Serena's serve

Serena Williams' serve is one of the most dangerous weapons in sports. By the time an opponent's brain catches up, the ball is already over the net and she's left with .4 seconds to react.


Watch: Serena Williams at US Open

The women's world No. 1 tennis player begins her quest to win the last leg of the calendar slam vs. Russia's Vitalia Diatchenko today in the first round of the US Open. Live on ESPN2, WatchESPN

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Would love to know why the call in the Red Sox/Yankees game was not overturned. Seemed clear Bogaerts was out.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

The Chicago Bears final preseason depth chart lists Alan Ball and Kyle Fuller as starting cornerbacks in the aftermath of Tim Jennings' release on Monday.

Raiders cut Trent Richardson

The running back's once promising NFL career took a hit Monday when the Raiders released him, sources told ESPN. The Raiders must get their roster down to 75 players by tomorrow. Oakland gave Richardson $600,000 in guaranteed money.

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UCLA CB Ishmael Adams arrested

Adams was arrested for robbery and is in jail on $100K bail. He allegedly used force to take a cell phone from an Uber driver early Sunday morning. Adams started all 13 games in his last two seasons and recorded two pick-sixes and a 100-yard kickoff return for a TD in '14. Story

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Good luck catching this kid

His name is Lil' Sam Semi. His age is 9. His specialty is avoiding defender after defender after defender ...


Tom Brady approves of new sketch

Her first attempt wasn't as accurate, so courtroom artist Jane Rosenberg was back at it today during the QB's court appearance, and she succeeded. She said she got a wave and a “thank you” from Brady.


Sloane Stephens: 'It wasn't my day'

"It wasn't there today," Stephens said after her first-round loss to Coco Vandeweghe. "You know, no matter what I was doing, I was trying my butt off and it just wasn't there. I mean, I hit some good shots; she hit some better ones. That was kind of how it was."


Wedding Bells For Russell Westbrook

The Thunder star tied the knot with college sweetheart Nina Earl this weekend ... and wore a surprisingly subdued outfit, as well. Check it out

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Who let the dogs out?

The El Paso Chihuahuas hosted the Wiener Schnitzel weenie dog race, and one dog had a little too much fun on the field.


O's Machado gets first MLB start at SS

Manny Machado played shortstop in the minors, but manager Buck Showalter made the position change tonight vs. the Rays in an effort to shake up a club that has lost 10 of 11 games. "Sometimes you're in need of a little different look," Showalter said. Follow live

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Kid is in total awe of Wayne Rooney

If you ever get the chance to stand within feet of the Manchester United star, please react like this youngster did.


Watch: Yankees at Red Sox on ESPN

In the opener of the three-game set, Yanks RHP Ivan Nova faces Red Sox LHP Eduardo Rodriguez as New York looks for its fourth win in a row and sits 1.5 games behind the first-place Jays in the AL East. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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Pitino leads Puerto Rico vs. Argentina

Louisville coach Rick Pitino is getting some extra work in this summer, coaching Puerto Rico in the FIBA Americas tournament. They'll take on Luis Scola and Argentina in the tourney opener for both teams. Live on ESPN3

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David De Gea's move to Real Madrid stalls

Manchester United's keeper was thought to be off to Madrid, but that move reportedly stalled as completed paperwork failed to arrive at the Spanish league office before the transfer deadline, according to multiple news outlets.

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Jaguars' Julius Thomas to miss 4-5 weeks

The tight end needs surgery on a tendon in his finger, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Thomas will get a second opinion on Tuesday. Jacksonville signed the former Bronco to a 5-year, $46M contract this offseason.

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No settlement reached in Brady appeal

Sal Paolantonio and Andrew Brandt explain why the two sides were unable to come to a settlement. Judge Richard M. Berman will rule by Sept. 4.


Coco Vandeweghe's mid-match interview

After winning the first set against Sloane Stephens, Vandeweghe gave a mid-match interview with ESPN's Pam Shriver at the US Open. Vandeweghe would win the first-round match in straight sets.


RG III can't catch a break

Last season, Robert Griffin III struggled with his footwork. Now he's struggling with his health. His future in Washington is uncertain, but one thing is clear. "The RG III experiment is running out of time," John Clayton says.


Bill Williamson ESPN Staff Writer 

Sources: Raiders begin cut process. Trent Richardson among those cut.